Asian Noodle Dishes
For a filling and unique dish with some serious flavor, look for quick-cooking Asian noodles that add a lot of flair and taste to the dinner table. Top noodles with plenty of fantastic ingredients to turn this simple dish into an incredible meal that's worthy of seconds (and even thirds!) Check out these amazingly flavorful recipes featuring some of our favorite varieties of noodles, toppings, and sauces.
Cashew Cream Pad Thai
Don't mistakenly buy fettuccine-like pad Thai noodles, as they take much longer to soak to an edible consistency. Look for the thin brown-rice variety, often called vermicelli or mai fun. The longer they sit, the better these noodles will get, as they continue to soak up the flavors of the nutty cashew cream.
Cold Noodle Salad with Sesame Crab
This dish comes from Minneapolis chefs Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson. Pay attention to how you cook the noodles: You don't want them too soft or mushy, but with a pleasant, chewy texture.
Chili-Garlic Shrimp and Noodle Stir-Fry
The more color, the better flavor, right? Chili-Garlic Shrimp and Noodle Stir-Fry makes a healthy and delicious weeknight dinner.
Easy Thai Steak Noodle Bowl
This recipe provides amazing Thai flavors by utilizing easy, supermarket-available ingredients.
Roast Turkey Pho
You can substitute unsalted chicken stock for the homemade. If you do, simmer with the water, stock, peppercorns, sugar, star anise, and ginger, and proceed with recipe from there.
Egg Noodle Stir-Fry with Broccoli
The red chiles add vibrant color and deep, fruity heat. If you can't find them, substitute 1/4 cup thinly sliced Fresno peppers (which are much milder). Look for very young ginger; it will have thinner skin and a less fibrous interior.
Asian Rice Noodle and Shrimp Soup
This Asian-inspired soup features thin rice noodles, shrimp, ginger, and fresh vegetables.
Thai Beef and Basil Noodles with Shiitake Gravy
If you have trouble finding shiitake mushrooms, use whatever 'shrooms you have on hand. Sliced creminis would work equally well for this saucy noodle bowl.
Asian Beef-Noodle Salad
Cellophane noodles turn clear and slippery when cooked in water, or puffy and crisp when deep fried. Asian Beef-Noodle Salad features cellophane noodles topped with roast beef, carrot, and snow peas and served on a bed of torn spinach.
Udon Noodles with Sesame and Tofu
Udon noodles are thick and made from wheat flour. They are often found in hot soups or served cold in summer. Serve with baked Asian-style tofu, diced cucumber, shredded carrot, green onions, and toasted sesame seeds for a delicious meatless noodle dish.
Thai Shrimp Scampi
There are lots of sustainable shrimp options available; ask at the seafood counter to ensure you're making the right choice. If you have trouble finding lemongrass, substitute 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind.
Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and Broccoli
Cook these noodles in a large Dutch oven according and add broccoli, bell peppers, and chicken, for a well-rounded and delicious meal.
Soba Noodles with Miso Broth
Tan, thin soba noodles are made from buckwheat and wheat flour. Top bowls of cooked soba noodles with a soup made from mushrooms, chicken broth, miso, and tofu and seasoned with fresh ginger and garlic.
Vietnamese-Style Pork Noodle Salad
Think of this refreshing salad as a deconstructed spring roll: cool rice noodles, crisp vegetables, and a sweet-and-spicy vinaigrette instead of a dipping sauce. Top it all off with savory stir-fried pork.
Asian Noodles with Roast Pork
This traditional Singaporean dish is a savory mix of tasty noodles, Chinese broccoli and pork.
Vietnamese Beef-Noodle Soup with Asian Greens
Introduce your taste buds to Vietnamese cuisine with this quick and easy soup. The rich broth, aromatic herbs, and tender steak will leave you wanting more.
Vegetable and Chicken Lo Mein
Egg noodles, made from wheat and egg, are often found in chow mein and lo mein recipes. Stir fry fresh ginger, garlic, chicken, and assorted vegetables and add to cooked noodles for a homemade lo mein dish.
Apricot-Hoisin Pork Chops with Somen
Somen noodles are thin, white Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. Flavor pork chops with apricot preserves and hoisin sauce and serve over somen noodles for a hearty Asian-inspired meal.
Thai Tofu and Spicy Asian Noodles
With less than 350 calories, this pasta dish is a fresh and light tofu dish for those interested in a meatless entree.
Asian Sesame Noodles with Chicken
The peanut butter gives this recipe a rich and nutty flavor that's both sweet and hard to resist.
Vietnamese Beef and Noodle Soup
Traditional Vietnamese phở recipes require hours of hands-on cooking; this slow cooker version lets you off the hook in 40 minutes. Toast the spices and sear the short ribs first to add layers of flavor to this beautifully brothy soup.
Soba Noodle-and-Shrimp Bowls
This healthy, colorful meal is packed with fresh ingredients and a hint of heat. For busy weeknights when you’re craving Asian takeout but want something a little lighter, this 35 minute recipe is exactly what you need. Don’t ignore the instruction about patting the shrimp dry before putting them in the skillet. Our Test Kitchen professionals said that this step keeps the shrimp from becoming soggy while cooking and ensures they’ll brown more nicely, for the best flavor and presentation. Buckwheat flour gives soba noodles an earthy, nutty flavor that is a great match for shrimp. Rinse the noodles when you drain them to remove any excess starch, which can cause them to stick together. The whole family will enjoy this healthy, one-bowl meal and it is so easy to make you won’t mind when they request it over and over again.
Poached Chicken Noodle Bowl
There’s no better way to describe this poached chicken dish than wellness in a bowl. The delicate and delicious noodle bowl is a shining example of how to make and use poached chicken like a pro. Gently poaching chicken breasts in a liquid thats lightly flavored with aromatics, such as ginger and lemongrass, leads to wonderfully succulent, tender meat with a lovely level of flavoring. In this wholesome dish, we also use the poaching liquid both to cook the noodles and create the light coconut broth. The key to successful poaching is temperature control; once you’ve added your chicken to the pot, you want to keep your poaching liquid from ever reaching a boil. In fact, you should aim to keep the water at a state of releasing wispy spouts of steam from the surface, but never bubbling, throughout the entirety of the cooking process. (It’s not nearly as intense/difficult as it seems.) You should also try to purchase chicken breasts that are roughly the same size so that they cook at the same rate.
Sweet-and-Spicy Short Ribs with Egg Noodles
After visiting New York City's top ramen spots (including Ippudo NY, Sapporo and Momofuku Noodle Bar), Grace Parisi created her dream ramen with a pork-and-chicken-based broth that gets extra depth of flavor from kombu (seaweed) and shoyu (Japanese soy sauce).
There’s something inherently comforting about digging into a bowl full of oily, spicy noodles. That’s why this weeknight recipe is something everyone can enjoy. We used a package of ramen-style, thin Chinese noodles in our kitchen, but fresh egg noodles, buckwheat, or even Italian pasta would work perfectly well in this recipe. Omit the serrano pepper for a milder crowd, or slice extra and top off each serving for an extra kick.
No-Cook Shrimp Noodle Bowl with Peanut-Ginger Sauce
Picking up already steamed shrimp from the seafood counter of your favorite grocery store is a great time saving trick—and it can help keep your oven turned off during the summer months. Thus, these no-cook noodle bowls are packed with fresh flavors and textures, but take mere minutes to assemble. They’re just the low-effort, highly refreshing weeknight-friendly recipe you need during the hottest days of the year.
Grilled Shrimp Satay with Shiitake Mushrooms, Baby Bok Choy, and Udon Noodles
Our favorite peel 'n' eat seafood gets new life with one kitchen-friendly formula: Shrimp + Starch + Sauce = Delish
Instant Pot Khao Soi
What gives this easy Khao Soi its incredible flavor backbone is the homemade curry paste. It’s easier to whip up in the food processor than you might think and we’d strongly recommend giving it a try. However, if you find yourself pinched for time, you can substitute 3-4 tablespoons of store-bought curry paste. Lemongrass is easily sourced at specialty or Asian markets; however, if you have trouble finding it fresh, you can find a super convenient lemongrass paste in the produce section of many conventional grocery stores.
Cellophane Noodles with Crab, Okra, and Tasso
Spread Louisiana favorites—lightly charred okra, seared tasso ham, sweet and juicy crab—over a skein of wok-fried cellophane noodles in this East-meets-Cajun platter. Tasso is available at most butchers, but you can sub in pancetta in a pinch.
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Glazed Meatballs With Soba Noodles
The tender texture and mildly earthy flavor of soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles) make this lunch a keeper; it’s great at room temperature or warmed. You’ll find soba on the Asian foods aisle of most grocery stores (or at Amazon), but you can substitute whole-wheat spaghetti in a pinch. A little chile heat punches up the flavor in the glaze, but the standout is toasted sesame oil (also found on the Asian foods aisle), with its heady, fragrant nuttiness.
Garlic-Miso Pork Noodle Bowl
Pick up unpasteurized miso—fermented soybean paste—for the best probiotic boost. Look for it near the refrigerated tofu products at your grocery store.
Daikon Steaks with Glass Noodles
Sesame Soba Noodles
Soba noodles are made of buckwheat flour and have a toasty, nutty flavor. You can sub whole-wheat linguine if you can't find them.
Easy Pressure Cooker Chicken Pho
For pho, it's legitimately all about the intensely delicious broth. And thanks to the flavor-concentrating power of the pressure cooker, we were able to make a robust and dynamic chicken broth—using shallots, fresh ginger and cilantro, and a few spices—in a matter of minutes. Thus, this restaurant favorite can now be a comforting, go-to weeknight dinner.
Miso-Ginger Noodle Bowls
Think of this comforting soup as a cross between ramen and miso soup. The broth gets instant depth from the bacon drippings in the pan, as well as the miso paste and shiitake mushrooms. You’ll find white miso paste at most supermarkets, either in the refrigerated soy product section or on the international foods aisle. Use it to enrich broths, marinades, or salad dressings, keeping in mind that a little goes a long way. Give the eggs a quick rinse in their shells since they’ll simmer directly in the broth.
Peanut Chicken and Sugar Snap Peas with Noodles
Satay Soba Noodle Bowl
It’s amazing how many delicious meals can come from a can of coconut milk, and little nut butter, and a handful of other pantry staples. Here, with a rich and creamy shortcut satay sauce, soba noodles and frozen edamame are transformed into a scrumptious vegetarian main within a matter of minutes. In other words, during extra-chaotic weeks (as in, so chaotic you haven’t made it to the grocery store lately), this speedy supper is here for you. If you want to customize the dish with other fresh ingredients, go for it! This noodle bowl is a great base for creativity. If you just happened to have a block of tofu in the fridge, go ahead and crisp it up in some oil and add layer it on top of the noodles—you won’t be sorry.
Slow Cooker Ramen Bowls
Any ramen lover will tell you--it's all about the broth. We build layers of rich umami flavor with the help of mushroom stems, fresh ginger, kombu (a type of edible kelp), sesame oil, and, of course, low and slow heat.
Spicy Beef Noodle Soup
This sinus-clearing soup is inspired by classic Szechuan beef noodle soup. Because some of the ingredients to make the traditional version require a trip to an Asian market (namely Szechuan peppercorns and chili bean paste), we approximated the flavors with supermarket items. Black pepper and coriander get at the Szechuan peppercorn flavor (but, admittedly, not the tongue-tingling effect), and miso and sambal oelek approximate the flavor of chili bean paste.